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Research Scholars

MedStar Health Research Institute, MedStar Health Academic Affairs, and the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science are pleased to offer a Research Career Development program to our clinical and junior research colleagues. The Research Scholars program supports the development of our clinicians who seek careers with an important focus on clinical and translational research, in large part by addressing critical needs for research mentorship and critical feedback in project design, analysis, and presentation. Ideal Research Scholar applicants are early career MedStar clinicians seeking to develop significant personal scholarship in clinical or translational research, but with limited past research experience, or with research experience in another field, who now seek to become independent, extramurally-supported clinical investigators. Residents are not eligible to join the program.

The program recognizes the broad range of individual interests and academic aspirations of our MedStar clinicians and together aid in the development of a cadre of future academic leaders from across disciplines in our entire system. The first group of Research Scholars included Rachel Scott, MD, MPH of MWHC, Melissa DeLong, MD, MPH formerly of MUMH, and Wen Shen, MD, PhD of MedStar MGUH. Dr. Scott, an Obstetrician-Gynecologist was pursuing research on pregnancy in HIV positive women. Dr. DeLong, a general internist was developing a project focused on point-of-care testing to improve anticoagulation outcomes. Dr. Shen, a nephrologist, was expanding her research focused on proteinuria and progressive kidney disease.

This is a 2-year longitudinal program. The program will begin in February, 2020 and conclude in January, 2022. The first year focuses primarily on the design, conduct and publication of a research project, which may be a secondary analysis of existing clinical research data available to MedStar or GHUCCTS investigators, a clinical research project using MedStar EHR data, or an important systematic review and meta-analysis. For some participants with more research experience, they may focus on design, preparation, and submission of a major grant application in year 1. In each case, this first project should provide initial data in support of a second (pilot) clinical research project and potential grant application. Work on the research projects will be complemented by practical, interactive, and highly-individualized activities that include didactic sessions, small group learning, journal clubs and participation in MHRI/GHUCCTS multidisciplinary Research Grand Rounds. The second year continues work on research, publications, and grant applications. Participants will still be expected to participate in all monthly sessions, and will assume progressive responsibility, including peer-mentorship of junior faculty colleagues and of medical students engaged in clinical and translational research. We anticipate enrolling a cohort of four participants into the two-year program. A commitment to conducting mentored clinical or translational research with the ultimate goal of progressing to scholarly independence is the cornerstone of this program.

Enrollment is limited to a small cohort each year.  Interested persons should submit an online application. Applications will be directed to the co-directors of the Research Scholars Program: Jason G. Umans, MD, PhD, Scientific Director of the Biomarker, Biorepository and Biochemistry Laboratory, MHRI, and Program Director of the Research Education, Training and Career Development Component of the CTSA-supported Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS);Federico M Asch, MD, FACC, FASE, Director, Cardiovascular Core Labs, Director, Cardiac Imaging Research, MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network at MedStar Washington Hospital Center; and Kristen Miller, DrPH, CPPS Senior Research Scientist, MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2).

Applicants must commit to engaging in all aspects of this program, and written support must be provided by the applicant’s Vice President for Medical Affairs, Department Chair, and Division Chief. Applicants must be committed to dedicate a minimum of 20 to 30 percent of their time to research.

Participants are expected to attend all sessions and work groups, in addition to work on individual research projects. Applicants should ensure that they are available on the following dates for next year.

  • Overnight Session I: February 19*-20-21, 2020 (TBD) 
  • Monthly session: Thursday, March 19, 2020 (MedStar Health Research Institute)
  • MHRI Symposium: Monday, April 6, 2020 (Bethesda, MD)
  • Monthly session: Thursday, April 16, 2020 (MedStar Health Research Institute)
  • Overnight Session II: May 20*-21-22, 2020 (TBD)
  • Monthly Session: Thursday, June 18, 2020 (MedStar Health Research Institute)
  • Monthly Session: Thursday, July 16, 2020 (TBD)
  • (No session scheduled in August)
  • Overnight Session III: September 16*-17-18, 2020 (TBD)
  • Monthly Session: Thursday, October 15, 2020 (MedStar Health Research Institute) 

To apply, please complete this online form.

If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss the details of the program, please feel free to contact Drs. Jason Umans, Federico Asch and Kristen Miller.

Also, Allison Selman-Lovell can put you in touch with any of our current Research Scholars, so that you may discuss the program with them directly.